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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 1, 2006 2:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the way?

One of the things I always loved about the GD/Deadhead scene is how individualized the experience is for each fan.

"Somehow, even after ten years with the band I always found myself thinking of Brent as 'the new guy'"

I always find it interesting that people refer to Brent (who, after all, was the guy who occupied the keyboard seat the longest of anyone) as the "new guy" and then go on to praise the Vince era (Now There's a "New Guy"!!).

I believe I have related this story before here, but: In may '79 I was a student at U South Carolina and we travelled up to Charlotte for the first East Coast (and 2nd show ever) with the "new guy". We hadn't heard the Spartan Stadium show and thus knew nothing about Brent. A few hours before the show, about 60 of us were sitting in line and a guy with a "road Crew" jacket came out of the arena with a couple of gallons of Electric orange juice, handed it out to those of us in line, and said something like "the boys are glad to be back on the road with their new keyboardist, and wanted to celebrate, so this is on the band". The jugs were passed around and, needless to say, we all had a very psychedelic introduction to Brent.

As someone who saw the band from '77 til the end, I always thought that Brent's Era has been underrated. Late 1979 offers some of the rawest most primal Dead I know, and, to me at least, '81 to '83 stacks up favorably to any era and blows away anything that came after it, and 90 saw a revival of sorts before Brent's death.

1981 is the year that I look back to as my favorite year as far as being on tour. I was 21yo and caught the Uptown shows to kick off the year and then proceeded to see every show west of the Mississippi as well as the fall East Coast tour, culminating in the Monster new years show, tha I consider to be one of the best shows ever.... 1982 also offers some of my favorite shows ever.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2006-10-01 21:45:57

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 1, 2006 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the way?

I guess with me it was because I first discovered the Dead via Europe 72 then went back and nailed the deal with Anthem of the Sun and LiveDead. I took the first chance I got to see them live at Alexandra Palace in 1974 but after that it was mostly (if not entirely) the studio releases. I never really liked the Brent era albums as much as I had the ones that came before and I only ever saw him play over three nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London in 1981. The next time I saw the Dead was Halloween 1990 at Wembley - by which time Brent was gone. So, I never did get a chance to know 'the new guy'. Maybe its time to redress that.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 1, 2006 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the way?

As far as Brent era studio releases, I have to agree. A buddy of mine used to say that the band, in those days, would take some perfectly great songs, go into the studio, over-rehearse them until they had beaten any sign of life out of them , and then record them for the album. That being said, to me, the live stuff stacks up to any other era.

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